*NFL WEEK 9 (2020 Season)

Clumsy football was our downfall here. We did not seem ready to play — this was a crucial game against a divisional team that has already beaten us. This game was a complete debacle, a disappointing loss. 

We lost Kyle Allen mid-way through the game to an ankle injury. Alex Smith came in and finished off the game; Smith looked better than the last time he played in week 5. He looked healthy enough and showed flashes of better quarterback play than what we had in Haskins and Allen. I think it is the right call from Rivera to go with Alex Smith forward as the starter — He gives us a better chance to put together some wins. We are mathematically still alive, and I feel a lot more confident with Smith under center. 

WFT 20 — NY GIANTS 23:

And for the rest of the league…..

DALLAS 19 — STEELERS 24:

I feel this perverse joy when the Cowboys lose — Dallas is a complete disaster this season, and it will only worsen. Pittsburgh is 8-0 this season, and by looking at their remaining schedule, I can honestly see them going 16-0. The Steelers should be the absolute favorite to win the whole thing.

PATRIOTS 30 — NY JETS 27:

The Jets were seconds away from winning their first game of the season, but they could not stop Cam Newton from owning the 4th quarter and bringing New England back from a 10 point deficit. Looking at the schedule for New York, it doesn’t look good for them, and going 0-16 is a strong possibility. Next Sunday should be an exciting match up between Cam Newton and Lamar Jackson. 

DOLPHINS 34 — CARDINALS 31:

This was a duel of two young guns and what most analysts refer to as the future of professional football. Kyler Murray and Tua Tagavalloa had fantastic stats to show for and made this one of the most exciting games this season. Miami is now in second place at 5-3, right behind Buffalo in the AFC EAST. Arizona is tied for second place with the Rams. Both of these teams seem to be playoff-bound. 

VIKINGS 34 — LIONS 20:

Nobody seems able to stop Dalvin Cook; He had another monster game where he ran for over 200 yards with 2 TDs. Kirk Cousins also had a productive game with 3 TDs and no interceptions. Now Minnesota has put together back to back wins, and both wins are within the division — The Vikings play Chicago next, which has the makings of a make or break game for both teams. Despite losing, Detroit still very much alive in the division, and next Sunday, the play my Washington Football team — we are desperate for a win to keep our playoff hopes alive.

RAIDERS 31 — CHARGERS 26:

The stats don’t show much for Deek Carr, but he had a pretty good game throwing 2 TDs with zero interceptions. The Raiders are 5-3 and play Denver next Sunday, a must-win divisional game for this Vegas team trying to have a shot at the playoffs. The Chargers suffered another heartbreaking loss. Justine Herbert had another tremendous game, throwing for over 300 yards with 2 TDs and zero interceptions. LA takes on Miami next Sunday, and if the losing continues, it would probably signal the end for Anthony Lynn as the Chargers Head Coach. The Raiders have a chance to sweep Kansas City next Sunday and inch closer to a playoff spot. 

SAINTS 38 — BUCCANEERS 3: 

New Orleans and Drew Bress owned Tom Brady. The Bucs got swept for the season in what was their worst game of the season. Tampa Bay’s defense was utterly dominated, and although their offense had some impressive drives, they could not come up with any points. The Saints seem poised to win the NFC SOUTH division, and Tampa needs to figure some things out if they plan to make a run in the playoffs. 

PACKERS 34 —49ERS 17:

Green Bay looked like a completely different team against a decimated 49ers team. Aaron Rodgers threw for over 300 yards with 4 TDs and zero picks. The Packers are now 6-3, but Chicago and even Minnesota are still very much in the hunt for the division title. San Francisco is struggling to keep their starters healthy and now find themselves at 4-5 at the bottom of the NFC WEST, and a very tough schedule is ahead of them.

TEXANS 27 — JAGUARS 25:

Houston has their second win of the season against one of the worst teams in the NFL. But a win is a win, and as talented as Houston’s roster is, they should make things difficult for all the opposing teams in their remaining schedule. Jacksonville is a mess, and they will probably clean house yet again in the offseason.

BILLS 44 — SEAHAWKS 34:

Massive win for Buffalo. Josh Allen was excellent, throwing for over 400 yards with 3 TDs and zero interceptions. Russell Wilson continues to try way too hard at times and throws costly interceptions. Seattle has many things to fix defensively if they plan to win the highly competitive NFC WEST. 

TITANS 24 — BEARS 17:

After back to back losses, Tennessee survived a late 4th quarter rally from Chicago to get to 6-2 for the season and keep a one-game lead on Indianapolis in the AFC SOUTH. The Bears should be concerned at this point; they are now 5-4, and a resurgent Minnesota is next in the schedule. Chicago has got to get better on offense fast; Nick Foles needs more weapons. 

RAVENS 24 — COLTS 10:

The Colts defense held Lamar Jackson off for most of the game. Still, combining a couple of catastrophic mistakes on offense and a wore down defense ended up costing Indianapolis the game. The Colts find themselves one game behind Tennessee in the AFC SOUTH, so next Sunday’s game against the Titans should be a fascinating game to watch. 

CHIEFS 33 — PANTHERS 31:

Carolina was within reach of winning this game, going toe to toe with Kansas City, where Terry Bridgewater had a fantastic game with over 300 yards passing with 2 TDs and zero picks. However, Patrick Mahomes also had another impressive game, throwing for over 300 yards with 4 TDs and zero picks. Carolina managed to control the running game from Kansas City, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the Chiefs high-scoring offense. Carolina has an important date with Tom Brady this coming Sunday and a chance to get out of the bottom of their NFC SOUTH division. The Chiefs will try to avoid getting swept by the Las Vegas Raiders next Sunday. 

FALCONS 34 — BRONCOS 27:

Atlanta has found a new lifeline since dumping Dan Quinn and now find themselves at 3-6, sitting firm in third place in the NFC SOUTH. And at this point in the season is highly unlikely that they would put together enough wins to catch up to Tampa Bay or New Orleans. Denver is 3-5 and mathematically still in it, but reality and their tough schedule say otherwise.

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